I feel better now. Thank you, Jessica DaSilva. You've restored at least some of my faith in the future.
I had a bad day yesterday: a series of depressing interactions with a few people who reminded me just how narrow-minded, corrosively negative, self-destructive and ultimately hypocritical some newspaper journalists can be.
It didn't help that I'd just had a tooth pulled. By the end of the day I was pretty well soured on the newspaper business.
But today I read this on your blog:
And frankly, I’m kind of sick of all the whining. A lot of journalists have been sitting around lamenting their losses instead of thinking up ways to fix their situation.
I understand that being innovative and adventurous is a scary and vulnerable move because no one really knows what the best way to deal with this, but what are the options? We can’t just let our industry crumble to pieces while we get booted from our jobs and move into cardboard boxes.
When I returned from the meeting, a few people made jokes about me changing my major. I don’t like these jokes, but typically, I casually laugh them off. Today I said, “Oh, it’s staying. I’m not dedicated to the medium so much as I’m dedicated to reporting news. I don’t care about the medium. I care about informing the people.”
It is, indeed, worth fighting for. And a can-do attitude is by far the most powerful ally you can have. Stick to it.
(Props to Jay Rosen for the pointer.)